Joan Zorda


On Sunday, March 19, 2023, Joan Beverly (Corgill) Zorda of Walton, beloved mother of two and grandmother of three, passed away at age 77. She died from complications after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by family. 

Joan grew up in Downsville and spent much of her life in Walton with her husband, Frank Zorda, who predeceased her. 

She and Frank owned and operated the Walton Motel for 13 years. She later kept herself very busy helping numerous families in the Walton area with housecleaning, pet sitting, and providing assistance for those who were homebound. She became very close with many of her clients and was a trusted lifeline and supporter right up until her illness in December 2022. 

Joan was known for her warmth, humor, generosity and ability to strike up a conversation with anyone. She had many dear friends, and she loved creating family traditions. Christmas was the highlight of the year and she always made it lively, fun and special, with questions about gifts usually starting in July. She was a bright light in the lives of everyone she touched. 

She is survived by her two sons, Mark (Matthew Cairns) Wier of Hurley, and Todd (Cynthia) Wier of Norwich, and their children Allison, Owen and Parker. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date and time to be announced. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. 

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